Top Picks: Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair

Scandinavia Beyond the Blonde

The Stockholm Furniture and Light Fair and Stockholm Design Week have just begun, and the Swedish capital is abuzz with things to do and see.

To help you make the most of your time, we've picked out the best-bets of the next few days - from new work by Note Design Studio, Luca Nichetto and Nendo, to a secret-location dinner and where to slip away for design shopping.

While the majority of the fair takes place at the Stockholmsmässan conference centre in Älvsjö, there's lots to see across the city.

1. Pop-Up Office by Note Design Studio
Head to the old Luma bulb factory at Ljusslingan 1 to check out the temporary office by Swedish favourites Note, in collaboration with Fabege. The office is open to the public and there are sure to be plenty of surprises.

2. Installations by Nendo
There's no avoiding the prolific Japanese design firm, but as usual, they're not to be missed. As the guests of honour at the fair, they've created an installation called '80 Sheets of Metal' for the entrance hall of the main exhibition space. You can also see their installation for Swedish lighting company Wästberg at Orlogsvagen 1, Kastellholmen.

3. Artek booth by Mike Meiré 
There's plenty to see at the booth for the iconic Finnish furniture company. Check out their classics, as well as some playful redesigns by current designers, including the Stool 60 re-imagined by German designer Mike Meiré (who also designed the booth).You can see the booth in Hall A at Booth 35:10.

4. Form Us With Love Market
The Stockholm-based studio provides an added feature just for the Furniture Fair - a curated exhibition and design shop, featuring new projects designed in collaboration with heaps of Scandinavian designers, including Ateljé Lyktan, One Nordic Furniture Company and RBM. (Luckily, if you run out of time, you can check the market out online.)

5. Lunch with Stockholmers
Even the busiest design-devotees need to eat. And what better way to break then for an intimate meal in a Stockholmer's living room or at a secret location? Through Underverk, 'Stockholm's Guerilla Design and Art Week' (which runs simultaneously), you can sign up for a living room lunch with chef Roger Barrud on Wednesday, or go for dinner at a secret location with chef Linn Söderström. Email hej@underverk.in to reserve a seat.

6. New work by Claesson Koivisto Rune
Anxious to see what's next for Swedish home wares? Stockholm is sprinkled with the latest treats from design studio CKR, including recycled aluminium pendant lamps for Wästberg, cabinets for Asplund, and tea sets for Toronto design boutique Möjlk. (You can check them all out on their website.) You can see the lamp in Hall A, 12:20.

7. Shopping at Uniforms For The Dedicated
Nothing wrong with a shopping break (and after a day or two in Stockholm you might be in need of an extra sweater.) Stop in at this cosy new boutique on Södermalm for a carefully selected crop of furniture and clothes. The shop was designed and built by the designers themselves, including the chairs mounted on one of the walls, which were hand made from reclaimed wood. You can find the shop at Krukmakargatan 24.

8. New projects by Northern Lighting
Fresh for the Furniture and Lighting Fair, the Norwegian lighting company has released several new lamps. Highlights include a re-issue of the Butterfly lamp by Sven I. Dysthe and Bake Me A Cake, a lamp made by inmates from a prison in Bergen. You can see it in Hall A, 07:28.

9. New Work by Luca Nichetto
The Italian furniture designer - who also has a studio in Stockholm - combines the best of Italian and Scandinavian design. This week, he presents a slate of new designs for Offecct, One Nordic Furniture Company, David design, Berga, MGLAB and Foscarini. You can see the plant trellis at Hall A 14:11, and the stool at Hall A 04: 21.

10. Wool Parade by Doshi Levien for Kvadrat
London-based studio Doshi Levien created a woolly, dreamy installation for Danish textile brand Kvadrat, combining upholstered objects 'inspired by avant garde parties and architecture theatre costumes from the early Bauhaus period.' Too intriguing to miss! You can see it at the Kvadrat showroom on Nackagatan 4.

Images courtesy of the studios and companies featured.

 

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